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DOJ releases annual report on capital punishment

Via Sentencing Law & Policy, the Department of Justice has released its annual report on the death penalty: Capital Punishment, 2006 - Statistical Tables.

The report reveals that at the end of 2005, Nevada had 83 death row inmates, 50 of whom were white and 32 of whom were black. One person was removed from death row, one person was executed and one person was added to the rolls under a new sentence of death, resulting in a total of 82 death row inmates at the end of 2006.

Nationally, there were 3,228 inmates on death row: 115 were added during the year and 132 were removed. Racial composition was 56% white, 42% black. 11% were of Hispanic origin.

Nationally, 11% of death row inmates were 19 or younger at the time of arrest, 28% were between 20 and 24 years old, 23% were between 29 and 29 years old, 17% were between 30 and 34 years old.

Since 1977, 1,057 have been executed: 379 in Texas, 98 in Virginia (the second highest state), and 12 in Nevada.

Since 1977, there have been 7,433 people on death row in the nation: 1,057 (14.2%) have been executed while 3,148 (42.4%) have received other dispositions -- including relief on appeal, commutations or death by means other than execution.

The average time from sentence of death to execution is 145 months.

In 2006, there were 53 executions: the lowest number since 1996.

In 2006, 115 new people received sentences of death. This is by far the lowest number in the decade for which the statistic is available. There were 326 new death row inmates in 1995 and 138 new death row inmates in 2005.

The Department of Justice reports that in 2007 there were 42 executions, 26 of which were in Texas.

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